Nine-year-old in Matthews fighting rare brain cancer

Nine-year-old in Matthews fighting rare brain cancer

**Editor's note: This is a about a member of #MollysKids, one of the kids WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. This article was first published there – maybe you'll be able to tell that in the personal way it's written. For years Molly has followed the stories of dozens of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story (and updates on all of #MollysKids) here.

MATTHEWS, NC (WBTV) - Another new member of ?#?MollysKids:

He's 9 years old. He's cool. His nickname is "The Invincible Iron Sam."

Samuel Mosquera-Munoz has a brain cancer so rare, only two dozen people are diagnosed each year. It's called Disseminated Oligodendroglia. He was diagnosed August of last year after his parents noticed he had trouble with growth and motor functions.

There's not much research on this type of cancer. For now, the third grader is getting chemo at Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital.

In between treatments, he goes to Crown Point Elementary School in Matthews.

As suggested by his nickname, Sam is one tough kid… he's gone through several surgeries, countless tests and lots of needles.

Posting this now because there's good news: two weeks ago his MRI showed NO GROWTH in his brain tumors. His mom says they are "relieved" and have "increased hope."

The tough part is, as many of you know, Sam is one of many kids battling a brain tumor.

He is the latest to be honored as a DVD Charity Baseball Tournament on June 14th.

Every year this tournament raises money for a child battling cancer. It's named for its first recipient in 2012: Drew Van Dyke. Drew also had brain cancer, is now in remission and plays in the tournament every year.

Last year the recipient was another one of #MollysKids, "Harlan the Hero". Harlan's parents are fighting to help others in his spirit. Harlan will be honored at this year's tournament.

Sam will throw the first pitch at 9am on June 14th. Matthews Athletic and Recreation Fields. Again, all funds will benefit this 9-year-old.

To get involved or learn more:

Hang in there, Sam. You have lots of people rooting for you.